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GreenTown's Green Building Products: Week 6

Over the past few weeks I’ve discussed many of the functional sustainable aspects of our Silo Eco-Home, but most of the items that truly make a house homey are decorative. There’s no reason why comfortable home decoration cannot be sustainable! This week, sustainable aesthetics are the focus with featured donations coming from Andover Paint Co., Justin Brouillette, Dustin Sypher at the Tallgrass Forge, Ed Schoenberger, the Mennonite Community Ladies, and Rocky Preble.

Andover Paint Co. donated the Silo Home’s paint. It is low-VOC (volatile organic compound), which allows for improved air quality in our home. Justin Brouillette designed and built our display table upstairs. Its feet are an old carjack and the surface is a piece of bowling lane. Talk about innovative repurposing! It makes for an interesting design feature and demonstrates the possibilities for objects that can no longer be used for their original purpose. Antiques are also a great way to be sustainable and we have many in our house, most of which were purchased locally. Antiques allow us to get further use out of objects that have already been produced rather than unnecessarily destroying natural resources. One of our antiques is a cute green lamp created and donated by Greensburg's Ed Schoenberger.

Old farm implements have also found a second life in the Silo Eco-Home in our masterfully crafted railings by Dustin Sypher at the Tallgrass Forge (Coldwater, Kansas). They are perfect for the aesthetics of the Silo Home due to its location in an agrarian region of Kansas and Greensburg’s dedication to sustainability. Ladies from the local Mennonite community also have an incredible skill on display in our eco-home: quilting! Quilting is the American frontier’s original act of sustainability by using scraps to create artistic, geometric designs. Their beautiful quilt is on display in our Bed & Breakfast suite.

Our railings designed by Dustin Sypher at the Tallgrass Forge in Coldwater, KansasGreeting you at the top of the stairs is an attention-grabbing photograph taken by Greensburg’s own Rocky Preble. Rocky photographed a car being dropped in the Silo Eco-Home in order to demonstrate its strength. Here’s a video of the event:

These decorative items truly make the Silo Eco-Home a home, but they also contribute to its sustainability. I’ll be back with more of the Silo’s sustainable products next week!